stomach flu + december 25th = the worst christmas ever
seriously. worst christmas ever. it was bad enough that i just could not seem to get into the holiday spirits this year, but then to have to suffer through the worst stomach flu ever as well? that's just plain mean. but that's okay. i'm over it.
the good thing about not having the energy to do anything the past couple of days was that i had ample time for music browsing and blog reading. i read all sorts of eulogies and remembrances to the late great james brown. and rachel at untitled put up a veritable feast of tracks that we won't quite call "leftovers" and which you'd best not be puttin' in no microwave. but the most time i spent yesterday was by far on charles' heartache with hard work. i'm surprised that it's taken this long for me to come across hwhw, and it was only because he pointed me his direction in a comment left here. but i make no exaggerations when i say that heartache with hard work is exactly what i would like sand is overrated to become, but infinitely better than i could ever hope to make it. there are personal connections smothered all over everything he posts, with thoughtful, thought-provoking, extremely well-written insights connecting music to everything important to him--ranging from politics to spirituality to relationships to, well, pluto. as with the best songs, every note has a purpose and every angle has a direction; there is nothing extraneous included in his posts, and there is no hidden agenda. it is just clearly the work of one man who feels the music he loves. seriously, if you haven't had a read, do yourself a favor and check out heartache with hard work. and did i mention that the music is incredible as well (see his top 30 albums for 2006)?
okay, that's me gushing like a little school boy with an elementary blog-crush...
and i know--it's now the day after christmas and this has been all over the internets already, but how could i not have this song in my head after yesterday? and hey, it's a past-tense christmas song anyway, so i think i'm good.
sufjan stevens : "that was the worst christmas ever!"
from the box set songs for christmas (asthmatic kitty, 2006)
happy festivus...for the rest of us.